this information, as the information regarding the actual (re)compilation, can be found in the README file at kernel.org (either http or ftp, go to linux directory and open up README - it comes with the sources too).
google also helps..so, altough a newbie, I suggest you first try googling for a problem or, if you know a site that has something to do with it (like kernel.org in this case), read it through first...
EDIT: of course this doesn't mean people here don't answer, but the amount of new threads is quite big sometimes so part of them gets leaved unanswered, which can at least partly be due to the amount of new threads...so if the simplest can be solved with google or some site, the amount of new threads gets a bit smaller and the problems that are "really" difficult, get answered more. this way more people get help than if part of the posts get drowned in the flood of new threads..
I myself try to answer as many posts I can (my time is limited, though, because I'm studying), but I find these two things a bit annoying: 1) people don't use the search form of LQ to find the answer that is probably already there, before submitting a thread and 2) even problems like "how do I use mv command" get posted even though google or man could answer faster...
I say it once more, it's probably none of my business how much you dudes post here, but it does make answering to "as many problems as possible" a bit more difficult..or at least lower the amount of answers to new problems.
Last edited by b0uncer; 10-15-2004 at 08:32 AM.